Legislative Update 3-13-20

March 13, 2020

Dear Friends & Neighbors,

Please continue to use your common sense with the current coronavirus (COVID-19) issue facing our country and the world. I have information and links up on my web site with an 800 number if you have questions. (Info HERE)

There are still problems with the Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) system run by the Secretary of State’s facilities. We are calling for a suspension of this program and an audit to ensure every Illinois citizen is registered properly and can exercise their right to vote! (Read more HERE)

The 2020 Census has begun in Illinois and it is important that our population in the rural part of the state is accurately counted. (Learn more HERE)

I met with the National Federation of Independent Business this week to talk about legislation nd issues that will impact small businesses in Illinois. Small Business Day is scheduled for April 1st. (Photo & info HERE)

Legislative News

The Legislative Session has been cancelled next week in an effort to slow the spread of the  COVID-19 virus.  The next date is tentatively set for Tuesday, March 24th. Remember you can register your support or opposition to bills by filing “Witness Slips” online. Here is how.

State lawmaker proposes 2 percent tax on ammunition 

Keep an eye on House Bill 5651 that would tax ammunition 2 percent for a proposed special school safety grant fund they say would help keep kids safe. I believe the measure is just another in an effort to diminish Second Amendment rights in Illinois. I don’t trust the state to create a new fund in light of reports that nearly $30 million of fees that gun owners pay the state have been swept for other purposes.

You can learn more about the Illinois General Assembly, research the status of legislation, and follow session days live online at www.ilga.gov.

Remembering Our Roots & Defending Our Freedoms

(This section highlights people and places around the 109th District and other topics to honor our nation and appreciate our freedoms.)

Clay County Farmer, John Tanner, Became Illinois’ 21st Governor

Rep. Darren Bailey recently talks about former Governor John Riley Tanner whose portrait hangs in the Hall of Governors at the State Capitol in Springfield.

John Tanner who was a farmer in Clay County, was the first governor in the country to be openly neutral in labor disputes, gaining national notoriety for his actions in a series of coal mine disputes. (some history of Tanner and his family HERE)

Staying Connected!

My office in Louisville is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. I also have established Traveling Office Hours each month around the six counties in the 109th District. You can also contact me directly through the Contact Form on my website at repbailey.com.

Visiting Your State Capitol!

If you have a group who is visiting the state capitol, or if you would like to apply for the “Page-for-A-Day” program or want to be considered to provide the opening prayer in the Illinois House, please contact me at my office or repbailey.com.